Measuring Up / Edition 1

Measuring Up / Edition 1

by James Mannon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813332974

ISBN-13: 9780813332970

Pub. Date: 09/01/1997

Publisher: Westview Press


Measuring Up explores the relentless pressure many Americans feel to measure up successfully with respect to grades, beauty, economic achievement, and various quantified “aptitudes.” This unique text focuses both on the macro and micro aspects of social and cultural life, discussing such topics as culture, socialization, peer groups, reference…  See more details below

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Measuring Up explores the relentless pressure many Americans feel to measure up successfully with respect to grades, beauty, economic achievement, and various quantified “aptitudes.” This unique text focuses both on the macro and micro aspects of social and cultural life, discussing such topics as culture, socialization, peer groups, reference groups, presentations of self, gender roles, class inequality, deindustrialization, corporate downsizing, status systems, and human agency. The author takes a critical look at modern cultural values that support the performance ethic and concludes with hope for a reorientation of cultural values that could promote a more productive, authentic selfhood in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813332970
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
0.41(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The Performance Ethic in American Society1
2Measuring Up in the Early Years13
3Why Teens Try Harder: Adolescent Life in the United States42
4The Measured Self in the Middle Years75
5Losers, Weepers: Dilemmas of the Underclass102
6Constructing a New Vision: The Emergence of the Productive Self125
Notes147
About the Book and Author153
Index155

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